Jorginho says Chelsea flops responsible for Tuchel’s sacking and tells team-mates to get up to speed with Potter’s ideas


JORGINHO says Chelsea players tried their “best” to deliver success for Thomas Tuchel but admitted “it wasn’t working anymore”.

The Italy midfielder was one of the stand-out stars for Tuchel’s Blues during his 19-months in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho says Chelsea players are excited about working under new boss Graham Potter


Jorginho says Chelsea players are excited about working under new boss Graham PotterCredit: AFP

And after the German’s surprise sacking last week – and drafting in of Brighton gaffer Graham Potter as his successor – Jorginho admits he was sad to see Tuchel go.

The former Napoli star told Absolute Chelsea: “It was a surprise for everyone. What has been said between the players will stay there.

“Now we have games coming. Life is quick, we don’t have much time to think again and again.”

Defeats and poor performances led Tuchel to say he felt his Blues side lacked mental toughness this season.

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On that point, Jorginho said: “It was his feeling in that moment.

“And he said that to us as well.

“We tried what we could to try and do our best. Unfortunately, it wasn’t working anymore.

“The challenge now is to rebuild that confidence.”


Potter will start his Blues tenure with a Champions League visit from RB Salzburg tomorrow.

Jorginho added: “I think Graham will do well here.

“He has very good ideas and he has players ready to try and do what he wants and listen – [that is a] combination for results”


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